#NACACreads: An Online Book Club

Looking for a fun way to stay on top of trends and network with other college admission professionals?

Join #NACACreads, an online club that discusses books related to education and the college admission process.

Book club members are welcome to participate in any—or all—of the quarterly chats, held on Twitter. Titles will be announced at least six weeks in advance of each chat.


What: Discussion of The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives
When: Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 9 p.m. ET
Where: On Twitter, using the #NACACreads hashtag   
Etc.: Help shape the discussion. Submit questions ahead of time using the #NACACreads hashtag.

For years, we’ve hammered home the importance of good grades, solid writing skills, and extracurricular activities to college-bound students.

But a new book, The Self-Driven Child, makes a compelling case that something less tangible — a sense of control over their lives — may ultimately determine the long-term success and happiness of today’s teens.

And that key component is missing for far too many young people, leaving them feeling “powerless and overwhelmed,” write co-authors William Stixrud and Ned Johnson. As a result, students on both ends of the achievement spectrum often leave high school unprepared to chart their own path in life.

Though aimed at parents, The Self-Driven Child is chock-full of pertinent information for counselors and admission professionals. Stixrud, a clinical neuropsychologist, and Johnson, founder of a highly regarded tutoring service in the DC area, share what they’ve learned about the developing brain, chronic stress, and the science behind motivation.

The Twitter chat will kick off at 9 p.m. ET on Sept. 12. Johnson, a NACAC member, will join the hour-long book discussion.

Learn more about the book and read an excerpt.

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